ESPN’s newest rankings have one team surging up to the top Ethan Miller/Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 10: Lauri Markkanen #10 of the Arizona Wildcats goes to the basket against TJ Leaf #22 of the UCLA Bruins during a semifinal game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at T-Mobile Arena on March 10, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arizona won 86-75. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

ESPN has released another edition of its “way-too-early” rankings now that the dust has cleared from the NBA Draft withdrawal deadline. While some schools benefited greatly like Kentucky (not losing Hamidou Diallo), Arizona and Michigan State, others were not nearly as lucky. It’s no coincidence that those three schools are ranked so highly by ESPN either, but the top pick is a bit unusual as it’s not one of your normal blue bloods.

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ESPN has Arizona at the top despite losing Lauri Markannen and Kobi Simmons to the draft as well as Chance Comanche and Kadeem Allen to graduation. The Wildcats do bring back Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins though as well as add five-star big man DeAndre Ayton and reclassified wing man Emmanuel Akot. But it’s questionable if they’ll be better than a Michigan State team that return presumed top 10 pick Miles Bridges and brings in a solid class as well. Kentucky also has a huge class with a ridiculous amount of five-star players and will be talented again this year too so there’s plenty of competition for the top spot once the real polls are released though.

Here’s the top 25 in its entirety:

  1. Arizona
  2. Kansas
  3. Michigan State
  4. Kentucky
  5. Duke
  6. Wichita State
  7. North Carolina
  8. Florida
  9. West Virginia
  10. Louisville
  11. Villanova
  12. Miami
  13. USC
  14. UCLA
  15. Minnesota
  16. Cincinnati
  17. Xavier
  18. Seton Hall
  19. Gonzaga
  20. Northwestern
  21. Notre Dame
  22. Saint Mary’s
  23. Butler
  24. Texas
  25. Missouri
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